EAA Mourns Passing of Director Emeritus Bob Gyllenswan
July 22, 2008 — Bob Gyllenswan, longtime EAA board member who served from 1962-2006, died on Tuesday, July 22, after a prolonged battle with cancer. Bob, who was named Director Emeritus this past April, was a member of EAA Chapter 22 in Rockford, Illinois, and was a driving force behind the first EAA sweepstakes programs when the convention was held there.
“Bob was passionate about his membership in EAA, and was a dedicated director, serving in many capacities during his tenure,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “We express our sincere condolences to Bob’s wife, Adele, his family and friends.”
When he was accorded emeritus status on April 25, Bob told his fellow members and others gathered: “Opportunities are seldom. When you have that opportunity, you’d better take advantage. When Paul and Audrey asked me to serve on the board, it was one of the finest things that’s ever happened to me.”
That night, Bob thanked Adele saying, “Without her, I wouldn’t be here.” He also thanked his fellow directors: “Thanks for the years and the friendships. Airplane are airplanes, but it’s the people and friends we cherish, and we both thank you.”
See EAA’s tribute video to Bob Gyllenswan.